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FOR RELEASE: November 23, 2004
More Influenza Vaccine Distributed in Oklahoma This Week
The Oklahoma State Department of Health said today it has received additional influenza vaccine and is in the process of distributing about 100,000 doses throughout the state.
“We are pleased that we continue to receive influenza vaccine and we are working diligently to get it out the door and into the arms of those at most need of its protection,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Crutcher. “We are now very close to receiving all the influenza vaccine we originally ordered.”
About 35,000 doses have been sent to Oklahoma nursing homes, and an additional 65,000 doses have been sent to local county health departments to be administered to adults whose health needs place them at high risk of complications from influenza.
State public health officials said they have also tried to identify any gaps that may have occurred among specialty clinics and medical practices serving high-risk patients to assure that those facilities have received influenza vaccine for patients in their care.
The agency continues to ship children’s vaccine to local county health departments as well as Vaccine for Children (VFC) providers throughout the state. VFC vaccine can be used for children 6 months up to 19 years of age whose families might not otherwise be able to pay for vaccine or whose medical providers have no influenza vaccine.
As part of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) influenza reallocation program, an additional amount of adult vaccine has also been apportioned to Oklahoma for purchase by private providers. Providers can order this vaccine through the Oklahoma State Department of Health, which has been authorized by the CDC to facilitate these doses for purchase.
Currently, there are no confirmed cases of influenza in Oklahoma.
For information about the influenza vaccine clinic schedules for high-risk adults and children, contact the county health department in your area. Private providers who wish to order influenza vaccine should call the Immunization Service at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, phone 405/271-4073.
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